Israeli warplanes striked Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip early on Wednesday in reaction to Palestinians in the enclose territory launching incendiary balloons towards Israel, the military said.
Israel’s military said, there were no records of casualties in the strikes that targeted underground infrastructure belonging to Hamas, the Islamist group that rules Gaza.
Hamas has been trying to force Israel to ease restraints on Gaza and allow more investment, in part by letting Palestinians launch helium balloons carrying incendiary material that have ablazed tracts of southern Israeli farmland in recent weeks.
Israel has bombed Hamas facilities almost nightly for the past two weeks, saying it wouldn’t tolerate the balloons.
With tension high, Israel has shutdown its only commercial crossing with Gaza, prohits sea access and stopped fuel imports into the coastal strip, leading to its only power plant shutting down last week.
Health officials have raised worries that the power plant shut down could aggravate a novel COVID-19 outbreak in Gaza, which is home to 2 million Palestinians.
Mediators from Egypt, Qatar and the United Nations have been working to restore calm.